Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Legacy Initiative Program


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The GOCO Amendment to the Colorado state constitution dedicates a portion of state lottery proceeds to projects that preserve, protect, and enhance Colorado's wildlife, parks, rivers, trails and open spaces.


Funding Interests

Large scale, multi-year, multi-million dollar projects of regional or statewide significance. Land conservation, trail construction, state park enhancement or expansion, development of a local outdoor recreation facility, species recovery or restoration of critical wildlife habitat are eligible activities.

Geographic Focus


Types of Support


Grant Size

$1000000 to $13000000

Requirements & Limitations

Ineligible parks activities include ski areas, amusement, or theme parks; administrative costs, operations and maintenance, program funding (including environmental education), and 85% of design works costs. Ineligible open space project expenses include staff time and stewardship endowment costs for legal defense. Ineligible expenses for projects with trails include purchase of land along the trail, routine maintenance and maintenance machinery, indoor facilities other than restrooms and outdoor facilities that have no direct benefit to trail users. Land donations do not count toward the minimum match.

Application Process

Eligible recipients are Colorado State Parks, Colorado Division of Wildlife, cities and counties, nonprofit land conservation organizations (for land protection projects), and special districts with local outdoor recreation and/or open space as their primary purpose. Projects should include attributes from as many of GOCO's funding categories (outdoor recreation, wildlife, open space, and local government) as possible. Projects must have at least a 25% match, with 12.5% (half of the minimum match) in cash and the balance in cash or in-kind.


The GOCO board accepted concept papers through 3/23/2007 for Fiscal Year 2007/2008. Refer to theWebsite for future deadlines as they are posted.

Recent Grants

Grant 1

Grantee: Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy Project
Amount: $5480000
Purpose: The product of a coalition of ranchers, environmentalists, local governments, businesses, and citizens who came together to find ways of preserving agricultural land under intense development pressure, the project has preserved 17 family ranches (a total of 6,650 acres) through conservation easements.<br><br>

Grant 2

Grantee: The I-25 Conservation Corridor Project, Douglas County<br>
Amount: $13300000

Helps protect 30,000 acres between Castle Rock and the El Paso County line. The Conservation Fund, a national land trust, entered into a contract with the owners of the Greenland Ranch, the oldest operating cattle ranch on the Front Range. A conservation buyer acquired 17,400 acres of the ranch east of Interstate 25; a conservation easement limits future development on this section. GOCO and Douglas County each contributed $9.2 million to pay for a portion of the easement and to buy 3,700 acres.

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